By Rev. Doug Clay
Good Monday Morning . . .
Do you remember the opening segment of the “Wide World of Sports” television program?
It was a video clip of a ski jump gone bad, illustrating the narration of “The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.” The skier was in a tucked position, heading down the slope, but then for no apparent reason, he tumbles head over heels off the side of the slope, crashing and bouncing off the structure down onto the surface. It was a nasty wipe out.
But what many of us didn’t know, was that the skier chose to fall rather than finish the jump. The skier explained that the jump surface had become too fast and half-way down the ramp he realized that if he completed the jump, he would land beyond the safe landing area. That would most likely be fatal. So, he chose to “tumble off” the runway rather than complete the jump. He eliminated himself from the competition rather than risk serious injury or potential death. Interestingly, the skier suffered no more than a headache from that spill.
Solomon wrote in Proverbs 23:3: A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.
There are times in life where we have a mindset that puts us at great risk. Harboring a grudge towards a family member, criticizing a co-worker, harshly judging someone’s motives, these negative attitudes and mindsets are not pleasing to the Lord and are harmful to yourself. Your only alternative is to stop thinking that way or else the momentum of your thoughts will take you to a place of serious consequence.
Sometimes all it takes to change the course in life is to just change your mindset. Don’t let your attitude lead you to a fatal landing. Do what the Apostle said, “Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.” Philippians 4:8, MSG.
Make a great day!
Rev. Doug Clay serves as the General Treasurer for the Assemblies of God. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.